The perfect evening project for long chilly October nights and your Halloween décor. It's absolutely fantastic with glow-in-the-dark yarn!
You will need to know how to knit in the round, how to increase stitches by knitting back and forth and how to decrease stitches by knitting two stitches together.
- Approximately 20g white DK yarn and 5g black DK yarn
- Circular or double-pointed needles that produce a tight tension
- A row counter
- Five stitch markers
- A tapestry/sewing needle
- Toy stuffing
Approximately 4 inches/10.16 centimetres = 24 stitches and 7 rows, but make certain the tension is tight in order to keep the stuffing inside.
Cast on 20 stitches.
Join together, placing stitch marker at join.
Knit 5 rows.
Purl Row 6.
Knit 10 rows.
On Row 11, knit 10 stitches, place marker. Increase by knitting in the back and front of the remaining 10 stitches, creating 30 stitches in total.
On Row 12, knit 10 stitches, then increase by knitting in the back and front of the 20 stitches, creating 50 stitches in total.
Knit 10 rows.
Knit 1 more row, putting a stitch marker every 10 stitches.
On Row 24, knit 8 stitches, then knit two together. Repeat four more times, knitting two together before every stitch marker.
On Rows 25 - 29, repeat the pattern, knitting two together before every stitch marker. You will end with 25 stitches.
Cut yarn, put through sewing needle and pull yarn through all the stitches. Pull stitches tightly and sew up top.
Use black yarn to embroider eyes and a mouth on the front of the skull (the 10 stitches that weren't increased).
Stuff skull, then stitch bottom of skull with a mattress stitch. Push bottom in so that the purl row (Row 6) becomes the jawline.
Have a scary good time!
Pattern designed 2010 by Kate Bolin. This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California 94105, USA.